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happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 22, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Thank God for Teddy, true that.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 2, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Four months down. Four months since a day I could have blown my future into a little white straw, or left somebody's loved one wearing a toe tag.

I have been saved by fate, illumination, and my will to change (not to forget forgiveness). If we can't believe in the possibility of positive change, we might as well go out in the yard with a bottle and start digging because nothing is worth a damn then anyway.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Mar 2, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Hoping that you found strength to deal with life's challenges without adding to them by drinking. Wish I had something inspirational that could lift your spirits or some wisdom that could mitigate your problems. Know that people are rooting for you and will extend their hands to you.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 2, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
If you're talking to me, then, yes, I have. Thank you for your hopes. Hopes for good things are some of the better impulses we have. I am not down, if you read me that way, I am proud and happy ;).
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 2, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
Nice work, Bomz!

32 months yesterday, and it keeps getting better every day.



Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 2, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
Sweet!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Mar 2, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Congratulations on the sober days Edge and Jebus.

I made it through Part I of my problem, which was notifying the landlord that I was going to vacate the apartment(and break lease in process). They are being very good about the whole thing.

My sisters are doing me a favor beyond anything I ever anticipated, expected or deserved, and going to NYC from Wisconsin and Lower Michigan to clean out my place - a large studio apartment filled with furniture, personal effects and antiques.

Part II - how I will provide an income for myself, very quickly, that will sustain me - is still up in the air. As is Part III - whether I will be offered the caretaker opportunity/cabin at the Gunks this season, meaning where I will be living.

But, I don't want to drink....

The last few days a friend from NY has been in Joshua Tree, and I have been in the park and climbing. I have climbed VERY little this last year, for a couple of reasons, but one being that I was focusing hard on my businesses, trying to grow them. It felt very good to "be a climber" again today, even if I flailed absurdly on the two routes I tired(PewWee's Piton" and "Chalk Up Another One, or something like that).

RJNelson

climber
A few different places
Mar 2, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Hank,

Congrats on your sobriety. I have struggled with drugs my whole adult life. Never had more than a month or two sober until 3 years ago I decided that enough is enough. The law became a problem, lack of cash, no more support from family, and lots of other sh#t. I did it thru a 30 day rehab stay, and I've been going to Narcotics Anonymous regularly. It's hard, but definetly gets easier the more time you get. I believe that without a doubt, the 12 steps have made me the person I am today.

On a side note, I'm from CO and you should check out Phoenixnultisport.org . They provide free outdoor activities for people in recovery from drugs and alcohol. As a well established climber like yourself, it may not seem appealing, but there is a very hardcore group of guys that climb real hard that belong to the group. It's nice because its a crowd that is totally sober. I've climbed several technical alpine routes(longs, ellingwood etc.) along with many multiputch ice routes(Ames, skylight etc.) in CO and WY, just to give you an idea of the caliber of some climbers. Check em out. I'm in Cali at the moment prepping for El Cap or I'd offer to show you around.

It's nice to see that many people in this community struggle with these problems, as many people in this community drink/drug recreationally, which I have no problem with, other than my personal problem. One day at a time has given me 3 years of a life I only could have dreamed of while I was using.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 2, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
RJ, thanks a lot for sharing your story and the group information.

I made 13 years on February 14th. Life is so good for me right now, I still have trouble believing it sometimes. It's nice to be living the "promises" that I was told of early in my sobriety, that I would get my life back. Thankful I got the chance to be here today.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 2, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
happiegrrrl both Peewee's Piton and Chalk Up Another One are 5.10a

From what I hear the rating's down that way are stiff. Good on ya for gettin' out there.

Plaid
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Mar 3, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Coming up on 5 months. Feels good.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 3, 2013 - 05:06am PT
Climbed the most serious and dangerous climb that i have done at least since 2009 yesterday. The comedown from that adventure would have been prime time for a rageing drunken binge. I cruised through it with no problems.. had a Fish sammich w fries and about a half gallon of water...
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Mar 3, 2013 - 08:35am PT
Good to see you folks maintaining. Still sober, and it's time to go meet my partners and clip some bolts. Hang in there.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Coming up on 5 months. Feels good.

bvb Right on! Hold on to your ass you are in for a hell uva ride.

The up and downs have been wild for me. All told it has been good.

If I hadn't quit I would have missed my kids, by not living long enough to have fathered them. The experiences in the mountains would never have happened. I would have never met my second wife. I suffered the first wife sober.

Now God only knows what's next..... like I said it is one hell uva ride. Doing it sober I get to really be there.

Plaid
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Mar 3, 2013 - 11:03am PT
We only have a daily reprieve.

That's a hard one to remember. But key.

JL
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Mar 3, 2013 - 11:06am PT
We only have a daily reprieve.

I cherish it daily. Got to remind myself to be grateful. Not really to hard to do.

Plaid
Pillowattack

Boulder climber
DC
Mar 5, 2013 - 07:25am PT
2 years on April 11th. Life is good :)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Mar 5, 2013 - 08:06am PT
I'm feeling good today. Working hard to change the course of my life - with still no clue what that even means - but it's amazing how much small things in the way of taking care of myself help so greatly.

This evening I am heading to the park to camp/climb with a friend in from NY for a few days. I hear the "voices" telling me I should be busting my ass looking for a job - any job - instead of...playing. I know those voices don't really know what they are talking about, when it comes to my ability to stay sober.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 7, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
I am working the steps of another program and it is changing my life.
damo62

Social climber
Brisbane
Mar 7, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
S.leeper, do tell.
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